SAIC Picks Kongberg’s Turret for US Marines’ Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicles

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SAIC Picks Kongberg’s Turret for US Marines’ Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicles
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Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has selected Kongsberg to design and manufacture an advanced, remote medium caliber turret for United States Marine Corps’ Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV).

The solution includes CORTEX ICS vetronics and combat services solutions for SAIC’s Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) offering to the Office of Naval Research and the United States Marine Corps, Kongsberg said in a statement Monday.

“We have been building upon our Stryker medium caliber turret experience for the past three years to develop a lighter, more lethal solution set,” said Pål E. Bratlie, executive vice president, Kongsberg.

The Marine Corps plan to replace 1980’s Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) with modern ARVs late in the next decade. While the LAV remains operationally effective, the life cycle of this system is set to expire in the mid-2030s.

The ARV will be highly mobile, networked, transportable, protected and lethal. The capability will provide sensors, communication systems and lethality options to overmatch threats that have historically been addressed with more heavily armored systems.

“The ARV will be an advanced combat vehicle system, capable of fighting for information that balances competing capability demands to sense, shoot, move, communicate and remain transportable as part of the naval expeditionary force,” said John “Steve” Myers, program manager for MCSC’s LAV portfolio.